Emirates President Tim Clark said that flights will once again return to the path of growth or see significant improvement in the summer of 2021.
Clark said in a remote interview during the virtual events of the Arab travel market, today: There could be a further increase in the pace of improvement and sector growth, if a vaccine against coronavirus was discovered, adding, "But the coming months will be difficult for the aviation industry."
And Clark said, we hope that Dubai will start receiving tourists again starting next month.
And that Emirates has taken several additional measures and procedures to ensure health and safety standards at the industry level, and the carrier has started to implement these measures after resuming the operation of some flights, including providing free health protection tools for travelers.
He explained that standards of hygiene in the air have also been adopted, with regard to sterilization operations that include the plane and facilities, including toilets.
He pointed out that the carrier fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft uses filters capable of removing more than 99% of viruses from the cabin.
Clark pointed out that Dubai International Airport, in turn, took many measures in all stages of travel, including sterilization standards for all facilities.
He explained that the recovery of the air transport sector and rebuilding the entire flight network may take a period that extends to 2024.
He indicated that conditions could return to normal by 2022-2023 or extend to 2023 and 2024.
He added that Emirates Airlines will operate its entire network of destinations at that time.
All airlines are facing a crisis in cash flows under these conditions, Clark said, noting that the air transport sector has not experienced or witnessed such conditions in the past.